Just 23% of older adults in the ED gave a medication list that mirrored pharmacy records, according to the results of an analysis. More than half the patients omitted antibiotics they were taking at the time of the visit. Not knowing about a medicine can lead to dangerous therapy or misdiagnosis.
Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw, MI, recently used artificial intelligence-driven technology to protect staff and improve the quality of care for patients in its emergency care unit, completely automating the medication reconciliation process.
As hospital systems add new technology to improve and change pharmacy department workflow, medication management also evolves and changes. This requires pharmacy leaders to anticipate new safety concerns and develop new practice models.
Hospital pharmacies nationwide have five years remaining to collectively meet the 2015 initiative goals of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) of Bethesda, MD, and so far there are mixed results.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) of Bethesda, MD, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) of Horsham, PA, launched in mid-December, 2009, a new national alert system to prevent medication errors. It' called the National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors (NAN).
New hospital technology is helping to move health care systems away from the centralized dispensing pharmacy model to a more integrated pharmacy practice model, according to results from the 2009 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) National Survey.